Hi I'm Joel
I was made in Ohio with Minnesota parts. Married to my wife of 10+ years, we are now living in Minneapolis raising our family of 5 children. As mentioned previously - I am a professional security auditor for government and businesses large and small. Yes, I am a professional computer hacker and forensics expert. If someone ever asks what I do for a living I summarize it as "I get paid to do what other people go to jail for."
Why I am a Mormon
"Declare a place as safe and plant your anchor there." I was born into the Church and was an active member in my formative years. My older sister was diagnosed with cancer at 11, unfortunately she didn't survive - and neither did my parent's marriage. I became less active in the church from the ages of 12-24. At 24, I was completely miserable with life - and that is when I realized the gift that my parents had given me. I had been given a foundation in Truth, and I knew what it was I needed to do to be happy. I made some major course corrections in my life and returned to Church. I am now busy raising my family - and planting their anchor in righteousness as my parents did mine. I know from personal experience that whatever storms may come in life - having that anchor in a safe place can save your life.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
By serving as an example to my children - and raising them up in the faith helps us to build a strong family foundation based upon traditional family values.
How I live my faith
The Mormon Church has what is called a lay ministry - which means that there are no paid positions within the church. As such, every member has stewardship over fellow members through what we refer to as Callings, and some people have multiple callings. All worthy and active members are called as Home Teachers, where once a month we check in on the welfare of the individual families we have been assigned to. I am currently serving as the Ward Executive Secretary, which serves as the 'right-hand-man' to the Bishop of the Ward. I am also called to serve as our Ward Emergency Services Coordinator where I work to prepare our ward for any contingency requiring a community response. Within this capacity I have undergone FEMA and First Responder training to assist and interface with community first responders in the event of a larger-scale community disaster or event.